Motorists are being urged to be one step ahead of the renewables game following the Scot-Govt’s announcement that it is committed to phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel cars by 2032.
The managing director of the longest established solar company in Europe has backed the plans to replace vehicles powered by fossil fuels with battery-powered alternatives, and he warned that drivers should make sure they will be able to charge their vehicles from renewable resources to combat the increased demand for electricity.
George Goudsmit of Morayshire-based AES Solar explained: “This is great news for Scotland and the fact that the Scot-Govt. plan to phase out new fossil fuel cars and vans eight years before the rest of the UK shows what a forward-thinking country we live in. I am urging people to be forward-thinking in their own planning for this initiative as well.
“People who buy BPVs won’t necessarily be helping the environment if they are charging them with fossil fuels. It just defeats the purpose. Also, the cost of electricity is rising and with more electric cars, there will be an increased demand for electricity so there will be inevitable price hikes.
“Drivers can plan for all of this by installing solar panels, battery storage and electric charging points now, so they are not hit with the cost at the time they have to switch to BPVs.
Solar panels generate an additional income in the home for up to 30 years whilst offsetting electricity prices which in turn could help the customer buy their first electric vehicle.”
He added: “The appetite for electric vehicles is already gathering pace and with this announcement it is only going to get more momentum and will undoubtedly change the buying habits of consumers very quickly.
“The move to BPVs means that electricity consumption will go up, so we are urging people to invest in solar PV now for which feed-in tariffs – a government backed scheme in which people can get payments from their energy supplier for generating their own energy – are guaranteed for 20 years.
“Solar panels and BPVs are perfectly matched. The technology is here to be able to provide power for your home and charge your electric car.”
11 Sept 2017